From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?
On arrival at Port Blair :
1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).
2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.
3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.
What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?
If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.
If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:
a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.
Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a hub of adventure activities. It is counted among the top destinations for quenching your thirst for thrill as it has numerous beaches, islands, and tourist hotspots. To get that adrenaline rush, you can go for scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, and a lot more. And if that is not enough, then you can go for trekking in Port Blair (the capital city) that will give you that much-needed high. There are a number of great trails that are perfect for finding the inner peace and experience solitude that you have been seeking.
You will find all kinds of trails in Port Blair- short as well as long. Its topography is perfect for everyone. The months from November to April are considered as the best time to go for trekking and you can easily book trekking tour packages in Port Blair. So plan your vacation accordingly. In this blog, we present all the important things that you should know about trekking in Port Blair. You can choose the trail that suits you the most.
We present the best trails in and around Port Blair that are sure to offer you mental peace. Add them to your itinerary and book trekking tour packages in Port Blair while holidaying in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Located near Wandoor Beach of Port Blair, this national park is famous for trekking. Mahatma Gandhi National Park is popular for its colorful marine life, lively coral reefs, and snorkeling sites. There is a diverse variety of flora and fauna here as well as some of the endangered species such as the water lizard, wild boar, and sea snakes. This national park is spread across as many as fifteen islands and it features marvelous mangrove creeks and tropical rainforests as well.
Location: SH8, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – Open 24 Hours. Closed on Mondays
Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indian citizens and INR 500 for foreigners
This national park is counted among the most visited national parks in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. An exotic national park not far from Port Blair, Mount Harriet National Park is set at a height of 383 meters and spread across an area of 46 square kilometers. One can see Andaman wild pigs, turtles, and robber crabs here. If you want to spend quality time amidst the wilderness, then you should avail the facilities of the Forest Guest House.
Location: Hope Town, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744107
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: INR 10 per child (Indian), INR 25 per adult, and INR 250 per person for foreigners
A must-visit for all nature enthusiasts, this national park is very much famous in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Spreading across an area of 114 square kilometers, it attracts tourists from all across the world owing to its diverse animal species. The best time to visit North Button Island National Park is from December to March. You can also spot endangered species like the dugongs, water monitors, dolphins, etc. here.
Long Island is the nearest town to North Button Island National Park. It is located at a distance of 60 kilometers. You can reach the national park by hiring a boat service from Long Island. Set up in the year 1987, the island is known for its deep blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. It is also known for its spotted deer population.
Reptiles like water lizard and monitor lizard flourish here in abundance. The North Button Island National Park also has blue whales, sea turtles, dugong, dolphins, and other beautiful fishes as well.
South Button Island National Park and Middle Button Island National Park are also located near North Button Island Park. The other tourist hotspots around the park are Barren Island (60 kilometers from the park), Marine National Park (lies to the west of Port Blair), and Long Island.
Location: North Button Island, North Andaman Island, India
Entry Fee: NA
Known for its gorgeous sunset, serene beach, and the Munda Pahad viewpoint trek, Chidiya Tapu is a great place to visit when you are in Port Blair. The trek is short and is more of a fun activity rather than a tiring one. All along the trail, you can see the trees labeled with their scientific names. You can also take some rest at the splendid sea viewpoints. At the end of the route, you can witness the incredible view of Rutland as well as some of the other islands at a distance. Walk along the beach for locating the starting point of this trail. You will see a board pointing to the trail. Carry your own snacks and water with you as there are no shops here.
Spanning across an area of 85 square kilometers, Saddle Peak National Park is located in the northern part of the Andaman District. Here, you can spot rare species of flora and fauna such as the wild pig, Andaman hill myna, imperial pigeon, water monitor lizards, and saltwater crocodiles. There is an eight-kilometer-long beautiful trek from its entry to the mountain peak. Thus, it is the one-stop destination for hikers. People of all age groups can visit this national park and have a good time.
Location: Saddle Peak, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 4 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: INR 25 for Indian citizens and INR 50 for foreigners
If you are also willing to go for trekking in Port Blair, then contact Andaman Island Travels today to get the best deals. To book trekking tour packages in Port Blair, this tour agency is the most sought-after place across the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a reliable name among everyone and its dedicated staff is committed to offer you the best.
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